I hope that your day was full of joy and blessings. Our favourite tradition is our Easter basket. The traditional items include bread (I made a challah this year), eggs (half were pickled, half were coloured with beet juice), ham, sausage, cheese (goat cheese with herbs this year), horseradish (we purchased a spread this year, … Continue reading Happy Easter!
Happy Three King's Day! Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, which is our last day of Christmas. After today, we start taking down our decorations. 🙂 It was another mild day today, so when I finished my rounds this morning, I decided to go ahead and dig out the fire pit. I considered breaking … Continue reading Happy Three King’s Day, and digging out the fire pit
Yesterday, I made a quick trip out to deliver some turkey dinner to my mother. She tried to tell me I didn't need to, but when I mentioned potatoes and gravy, she couldn't hide how excited she was. 😀 It was just a quick stop, as she met me at the side door of her … Continue reading A Pretty Surprise Gift
As I write this, we have warmed up to -26C/-14.8F, with a wind chill of -30C/-22F It'll keep warming up for the next couple of days, and tomorrow - Christmas Day - is now expected to reach a balmy -5C/23F! When I headed out this morning to tend the critters (I have been skipping most … Continue reading Yeah, I’m a suck for the kitties!
We tried to be creative with the Christmas tree, with so many kittens in the house. The older cats are not as much of a concern, but the little ones are another story! Well, after several days of cat caused disasters, today I came into the dining room to find they'd trashed the tree. For … Continue reading Christmas tree do-over
The Christmas tree is decorated as much as it's going to be, and the base is covered. Theoretically, the cats can still get inside the planter stand near the floor, but now that the stand it stabilized, it should be okay if they do. The tree skirt will hopefully be too "in the way" for … Continue reading Well, it’s up and done!
So with the destructiveness of the cats, we had pretty much decided not to have a tree, but to decorate in other ways, instead. But I still wanted a tree. This morning, I went ahead and started working on it. I ended up screwing small cup hooks into a wall and a shelf, then used … Continue reading I went for it!
I've already posted photos of dehydrating orange slices and using them to make decorations for Christmas this year. I will post more on those in a moment. The other experiment I tried was to make a baking soda and cornstarch dough (which I wrote about here), which was supposed to be good to roll out … Continue reading This year’s decorations; what’s working, and what isn’t!
Today, I finally started working on the Christmas decorations I was planning to make with the dehydrated orange slices I'd prepared earlier. Of course, things didn't work out to plan! 😀 Do they ever? 😉 I was going to use cinnamon sticks, plus some little decorations I'd saved from Christmas crackers over the years - … Continue reading This year’s decorations, in the works
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Leyendecker is undisturbed by human regulations and restrictions! 😀 Normally, our tree would have already been decorated, and the Advent wreath, with its candles, set up. It doesn't look like we'll be able to have a tree this year. The cats just seem to wait until we're not … Continue reading This is going to be an odd Christmas